i'm helping slats out by the way...
Kent vs South Australia
Some players are bound to enter the wrong dressing in what might just be a turbulent class between Kent and South Australia. Ben Allen, who spent three freely successful season's at Kent earning, is the only player that might actually head into the home team room, but it'd be pretty funny none the less if he did by mistake.
"It'll be good to see some of my old mates, but I'm afriad I'll giving 110% to see them beaten. I'm a professional so I won't let emotion get in the way." People are expecting a rough reception for Allen when he makes his return to Canterbury.
On the other hand its gonna be rather emotional for R Stratton. WCC's premier allrounder plays his old team, although according to the player that wont really be the case. "The new manager has really played around with the side. There'll be several unfamiliar faces in the squad. I'll be sure to say 'hi' to my old pal Hugh [Alexby] but thats about it really"
South Australia have to be regarded favourites in this match. They are attempting to make it a three peat in the four day game. Kent in their first dig at top division four day cricket wanna make something of it.
In my honest opinion there's not seperating these two teams. Kent has got excellent depth in their batting line up. With Manjrekar batting at eight, the South Australian bowlers are going to have to work hard to bowl Kent out. Batting at eight for South Australia is Ferguson (i'm assuming that btw, cause K French is listed at 8 for SA) who is a couple of steps down in batting class from Manjrekar. Kent have got the advantage with the bat.
Both bowling attacks are similar but I think again that Kent have the egde here. Ferguson, Graham, Axelby and Taylor are the main stays of the SA attack and it's hard to give them an edge over the likes of an attack featuring Stratton, Onley, Khan, Hawkins and Dyer.
It's going to be close, but I'm picking Kent by a nose...
Karnataka vs Yorkshire
Yorkshire's time in the top flight is now more than ever in serious crapola. Looking across a talented division one, it's hard to see them winning anything, especially against Karnataka. It'd be fear to say that there are teams as low as division 4 that would fancy there chance against a team once consider the UKs best.
Across the park its a simple case the Karnataka have too much talent. Kale, Wilkins, Maxwell, Keegan, Rangnekar, Benkeistine and Jones makes for a formidle batting line up. W Tendulkar will carry the burden for Yorkshire. He is going to have to fight off the likes Ali, Wadekar and Malinga. No easy task by all means. If he always weight will fall upon S Weir, so hope is indeed thin for Yorkshire.
Not much more can said of this game except Karnataka by ten lengths
Lancashire vs Surrey